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Operation Manual

For

High Speed SATA Bus

14-target Hard Drive Duplicator

Model: TA-2000 / TA-2200

Wytron Technology Co., Ltd.

Tel: 886-2-2662-6499

Fax: 886-2-2662-6214

e-mail: wytron@wytron.com.tw

June, 2008

TA-2000/TA-2200 Hard Drive Duplicator

Wytron Technology Co., Ltd.

Copyright © 2007 by Wytron Technology Co. Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

This product, including the machine itself, any parts and documentation, may not, in whole or in part, be copied, photocopied, translated or re-produced to any electronic media or any other form without prior written consent from Wytron Technology Co., Ltd

In no circumstance will Wytron be liable for direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages arising out of the use or inability to use of this product or documentation even if is advised of the possibility of such damages. Wytron shall not be liable for any hardware used with the product, including the costs of repairing, replacing, or recovering such hardware.

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Table of Contents

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Table of Contents

5

Introduction

7

Caution

8

Feature

9

Specification

10

Installation 12

Concept

14

Operation

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Function

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Main Menu

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Copy

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Copy + Comp

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Compare 19

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Q Copycomp 20 Quick Comp 20

Quick Copy

Select

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Load

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Quick Load

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Quick Erase

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Verify

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Easy Erase

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Strong Erase 23

DoD Erase

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DoD EraComp

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NIS Erase

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Quick test (Option) 25

Full test (Option)

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Show Drives

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Sub menu

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Sub Menu

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Setup

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Scan Data 34

Fill Data

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Burn in

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Update 35 Main menu 35

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Big Master 36

Reset

Monitoring from PC

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Drawing of motherboard

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Optional & Consumptive Parts 44

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Appendix

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Introduction

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Thanks for purchasing of TA-2000/TA-2200 hard drive duplicators and welcome you to join Wytron’s users family.

This operation manual describes how to use the the hard drive duplicator. It includes the features and step-by-step procedures of using the machine. Please read this manual thoroughly for full comprehension of machine to avoid possible improper operation.

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Caution

1. DO NOT remove the barcode label with serial number stuck on motherboards of machines or the product label stuck outside the machine. Warranty will be VOID if these labels are torn off or damaged. Wytron reserves the right of the service for those motherboards or machines without labels.

2. Warranty will be VOID if the motherboards have been tampered with. Wytron will not make services for those tampered motherboards, even they might be still within the warranty period. The motherboards must be maintained in the original shipped status to comply the warranty condition, no artificial modification allowed. But those modification done under instruction by Wytron will be exception.

3. Warranty may be VOID if the product is modified, serviced by a non-authorized agent or subject to misuse or abuse. User also must notice that the machine is designed for fast and easy operation for legal duplication. Wytron has no responsibility for any individual piratical behavior.

4. Corrupted/oxidized motherboard or with rust/liquid/sulfur/dirt on it, the warranty will be void automatically.

5. PSU (Power Supply Unit) used in machine is not allowed to be opened, even if it is defective. Warranty will be VOID if the warranty seal label is broken.

6. Operation manual in electrical form can be acquired by sending e-mail to wytron@wytron.com.tw for legal customers. No compensation of printed operation manual will be allowed due to environmental issue.

7. Specification of machine might be subject to change without notice.

8. Stable power input is required for normal operation. Fluctuating of power supplied to machine might cause damage of machine itself, even there is circuit protection built-in.

9. All the products’ names, logos mentioned in this operiaton manual are used for identification purposes only and are the trademarks for their owners respectively.

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Feature

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1. SATA bus 14-target high speed hard drive duplicator, offering duplication of up to max.14 target hard drives in one operation.

2. Data transfer bandwidth up to 9GB/minute.

3. On-board direct copy SATA bus 2.5” or 3.5” hard drive with SATA-I/II spec. For IDE bus hard drive, users can copy it through optional SATA3 adapter.

4. Compatible with many known formats in the market such as Microsoft ® Windows 95/98/ME, Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista TM , Windows Server, Linux/Unix, IBM ® OS/2 ® Warp,

Novell ® Netware TM , Apple

not for PC-onboard Intel ® chipset), etc.

®

Macintosh TM IDE bus, NEC ® , RAID system (made by third party,

5. Ready for copying the RAID#0 or RAID#1 system. When duplicating RAID#0, the transfer rate can reach twice as that of original speed.

6. DD image function provided to support big master mode. Many master hard drives could be preloaded into one big master and stored as an image file. Users can simply select the file in big master to copy their target hard drives. Old day’s trouble of managing/keeping too many master hard drives can be avoided.

7. Quick copy mode to copy actual data area is provided to shorten the time of duplication. (Suitable only for Microsoft ® Windows system, Linux system or Linux-like system.)

8. Multi-language supported LCD display to meet different countries’ requirement.

9. Built-in 600W power supply unit to support sufficient and stable power requirement for all connected hard drives.

10. Three built-in cooling fans to cool off the heat generated by all connected hard drives during operation.

11. Traditional RS-232 interface built-in to get logfile for prompt technical support off-site worldwide.

12. Equip with a standalone and robust GO button for continued and harsh usage.

13. Optional three-color Alarm Lamp to give signal of duplication status and immediate attention can be given to abnormal operation. It is especially good in case of single or few operators who are handling many machines.

14. Compact design, less space required.

15. Hard drives (2.5” notebook HDDs or slim 3.5” HDDs) are stabilized by clip design and movement/vibration of hard drives can be avoided.

16. Module design, easy to maintain.

17. Firmware can be upgraded easily for better functioning or bug removal.

be upgraded easily for better functioning or bug removal. Bulge of Clip Fix the bulge into
be upgraded easily for better functioning or bug removal. Bulge of Clip Fix the bulge into

Bulge of Clip

Fix the bulge into slim hole

or bug removal. Bulge of Clip Fix the bulge into s lim hole Use screwdriver to
or bug removal. Bulge of Clip Fix the bulge into s lim hole Use screwdriver to

Use screwdriver to push out the bulge

a. Install the Clip by pushing the bulge of clip into the slim hole at each slot.

b. Use the flat screwdriver to push out the bulge of Clip to remove the Clip.

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Specification

For TA-2000:

1. Display:

2. Power supply:

3. AC input:

4. Net size:

5. Packing size:

6. Net weight:

7. Gross weight:

8. Standard accessories:

192 x 32 pixel LCD display 600W x 1 pc 115V/230V, 50Hz/60Hz switchable 525 X 210 X 300mm 630 X 370 X 400mm 10 Kgs (machine itself) 14.5 Kgs 30 pcs of SATA data / power cable

1 pc of RS-232 cable and printed operation manual

1 pc of dust-proof plastic cover

1 pc of main power cord

1 pc of dust-proof plastic cover 1 pc of main power cord TA-2000, with optional alarm

TA-2000, with optional alarm lamp

dust-proof plastic cover 1 pc of main power cord TA-2000, with optional alarm lamp Standard TA-2000,

Standard TA-2000, without alarm Lamp

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For TA-2200:

1. Display:

2. Power supply:

3. AC input:

4. Net size:

5. Packing size:

6. Net weight:

7. Gross weight:

8. Standard accessories:

192 x 32 pixel LCD display 600W x 1 pc 115V/230V, 50Hz/60Hz switchable 380 X 405 X 380mm 560 X 550 X 540mm 18 Kgs (machine itself) 22 Kgs 1 pc of RS-232 cable and printed operation manual 1 pc of main power cord

cable and printed operation manual 1 pc of main power cord TA-2200, with optional Alarm lamp

TA-2200, with optional Alarm lamp

1 pc of main power cord TA-2200, with optional Alarm lamp Standard TA-2200, without Alarm Lamp

Standard TA-2200, without Alarm Lamp

SET button

Up (^) button

Down (v) button

GO button

Lamp SET button Up (^) button Down (v) button GO button Picture for operation buttons in

Picture for operation buttons in front panel of TA-2000

(GO button on TA-2200 is placed at left side of nameplate)

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Installation

Please check the package of machine immediately upon receipt. If there is any damages, take necessary claim action accordingly.

1. Unpack the package & check the Voltage setting of Power Supply to confirm its conformity with local power settings (115V or 230V).

2. Connect the power cord properly.

3. Connect the optional 3-color alarm lamp by locking it by screws behind the machine, if purchased. The signal wire must be connected also to the ALARM port on rear of machine.

4. For TA-2000, please install the clip to stabilize the hard drive at each slot on machine, if 2.5” NB or slim 3.5” SATA HDDs are used. For normal type of 3.5” SATA hard drive in thickness, the clip must be removed to prevent the damage of clip.

5. On TA-2200, if 2.5” SATA hard drive is required to be copied, the optional 2.5” to 3.5” housing adapter will be needed to convert the size of 2.5” SATA hard drive into 3.5”. If the TA-2200 will be used to copy 2.5” SATA hard drives dedicatedly, 15 pcs of the 2.5” hot-swap drive bay for TA-2200 is suggested to replace all the 3.5” hot-swap drive bays.

6. Switch on the power of machine, you will hear from the machine two Bi sounds and see series of testing on machine. Also, you can see from the LCD display the following messages in sequence: manufacturer’s name (Wytron Technology Co., Ltd.), model number & firmware version. The Fan of power supply will not rotate when the machine is powered ON as standby mode and will only rotate when the “GO” button is pressed to start real operation.

7. Factory’s default function, Quick Copy, will be ready for operation. Press the Up (^) and Down (v) button to switch to other function, if required.

8. Connect the SATA data/power cables on all ports of machine, including power and data connectors to copy SATA hard drives.

9. Restore to default settings: Press to hold down the Down button (v) and turn on the power simultaneously. Do not release the button till the “Clear setup” message is shown on the LCD display (this message will be shown shortly after testing of LEDs is completed). This reset procedure is normally used when first receipt of machine, after updating BIOS program, machine runs abnormally or simply to restore the factory default settings after somebody’s special testing.

Write down all the Symptoms if there is any problem and contact your vendor or Wytron directly for service. If there is any trouble during operation, please get the logfile for Wytron’s evaluation (check the section of Monitoring from PC).

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Wytron Technology Co., Ltd. Alarm signal cable Fixing screws fo r Alarm Installation of Clip Optional
Wytron Technology Co., Ltd. Alarm signal cable Fixing screws fo r Alarm Installation of Clip Optional

Alarm signal cable

Fixing screws for Alarm

Installation of Clip

signal cable Fixing screws fo r Alarm Installation of Clip Optional 2.5” to 3.5” housing adapter
signal cable Fixing screws fo r Alarm Installation of Clip Optional 2.5” to 3.5” housing adapter

Optional 2.5” to 3.5” housing adapter (the 2.5” hot-swap drive bay) for TA-2200

housing adapter (the 2.5” hot-swap drive bay) for TA-2200 3.5” SATA hard drive in the 3.5”

3.5” SATA hard drive in the 3.5” hot-swap drive bay on TA-2200

(On TA-2200, when the door is closed, the connection for hard drive is completed. When door is opened, the hard drive will be ejected and the connection will be separated.)

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Concept

Good concept is important to perform satisfactory duplication and to get expected results.

1. Please prepare & check carefully the Master hard drive. Any bad sector or error may cause unsatisfactory duplication and the data copied in target hard drives might not be exactly the same as that in master hard drive.

2. There might be some cases that the master hard drives are created through restoring procedures from third-party software utilities such as Symantec ® Norton Ghost TM . Such master hard drives can run correctly in an individual PC but they are not identical with the original master created by formal installation procedures prescribed by the original system such as Microsoft ® or other OS system. Thus, the contents of targets duplicated from “restored master” will not be the same as that of “original” master. Please make sure that proper original master is used for duplication in mass production.

3. Master hard drive must be inspected or scanned periodically to prevent bad sector from occurring in later operation. Targets duplicated thereafter will also have trouble if original master has bad sector.

4. The contents of a hard drive can be divided into two main parts: the Operating System (OS) and the Partition. But there are many combinations such as single OS with single or multi-partitions, multi-OS with single-partition for each OS or multi-OS with multi- partition for each OS. While Wytron acknowledges the necessity to make unique software by different system integrators but Wytron may not be fully aware of these OS system software and that the hard drive duplicator may not be 100% compatible with certain special software stored in master HDD. However, Wytron is committed to providing best solution to customers’ satisfaction. Please contact your vendor or Wytron directly if there is problem in duplicating any special software. Wytron will do her utmost effort to meet the requirement.

4.1. Operation System (OS): Currently, Wytron’s hard drive duplicators are compatible with many known OS in the market, such as Microsoft ® Windows 95/98/ME TM , Windows NT TM , Windows 2000 and the latest Windows XP TM

Professional or Home version, Linux/Unix, FreeBSD, BeOS, Macintosh TM OS,

Novell ® Netware TM , IDE RAID system, etc

combine different OS into one hard drive. In most cases, multi-OS can be duplicated by ”Copy” or “Quick Copy” function if the target(s) is exactly the same as master hard drive. But for targets with larger capacity, it may be difficult to tell how the machine will handle the extra capacity. Therefore, it is suggested to use same size, same models/brands of targets as those of master for duplicating multi-OS.

Some customers may want to

4.2. Partition number: for single OS, duplication is easy to handle if there is only one partition, no matter whether the target hard drive is same size/model as that of master or larger. For targets with larger capacity, there are two choices:

A. Keep the partition size of targets same as that of master and leave each target’s extra capacity as free space which can be used for other OS system.

B. Expand the partition size of target to maximum capacity and copy data area from master to it.

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Single OS with multi-partition structure: In the case of same size, same model/ brand of target hard drive as that of the master, duplication is easy and can be done by using “Copy” or “Quick Copy” function.

For targets with larger capacity than the master, one way of duplication is to leave the target’s extra capacity as free space for other OS. The other is to expand the last partition to maximum capacity. The best function to duplicate targets with larger capacity than master is “Quick copy”. If “Copy” is used instead of “Quick copy”, the PC will not be able to read the data on the targets under hard drive’s “Auto” setting (PC motherboard configuration setting for hard drive). In order to read from those targets, you have to change in PC their parameters such as “head”, “cylinder”, “sector” to those of the master.

With multi-OS, no matter how many partitions there are in the master, it is suggested to use same size, same model/brand of targets as that of the master.

***** Please bear in mind that if the capacity of master is larger than that of target hard drives, duplication will not succeed. Make sure the target hard drives’ capacity is equal or larger than that of mater hard drive.

Customer should therefore always make a sample Master and duplicate to target by “Copy” or “Quick Copy” function and use the target to run in PC to confirm if the targets duplicated are identical with and fully functionally as that of the master. This step helps avoid possible mistakes and interruption of formal mass duplication.

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Operation

Pay attention to the followings during operation:

1. Operators should always wear gloves and avoid touching the hard drives by naked hands. Anti-static wire is needed to remove potential static electricity around and machine should be grounded correctly also.

2. Moving of the hard drives during operation is prohibited to avoid damaging of hard drive itself.

3. The hard drive should be packed in anti-static box or anti-plastic bag and should not be stacked over one another during transportation.

4. Check all cable connections before pressing GO button to start the operation.

5. Operation is started by pressing the GO button & only at this moment, the power will be transmitted to hard drives. It will be cut off automatically when the operation is finished or abort. After the power is cut off and LEDs light up, the connected hard drives can be removed or replaced for new run of operation. Do not use the power switch on power supply to control power ON and OFF for hard drives as this will damage the switch shortly.

6. Both the power & flat data cables should be handled with care. Loose plug-in to & especially improper un-plug of the cables from the hard drives will cause damages to the cables and thus bad duplication results.

7. Cables connected between machine and hard drives should be replaced regularly as they will wear out during usage. Frequency of replacement will vary & depends on to actual usage conditions.

8. Different functions in either Main or Sub Menu can be selected by pressing the Up (^) or Down (v) button. Each press of these buttons will switch the function to the next in circular sequence and you can go back to the original one at the end of sequence. Each function can be entered for setting or started the shown operation by pressing the GO button.

Also the switching of Main Menu to Sub Menu or vice versa can be easily done by pressing GO button when either menu function is shown on the LCD display. E.g., when you are at either function in Main Menu, press the GO button when the Sub menu function is shown to enter the Sub Menu. Or, when you are in Sub Menu, press the GO button when the Main menu function is shown to return to Main Menu. The Set button on the LCD panel is a quick button which will lead you to switch between Setup (in Sub Menu) and Copy (in Main Menu) function.

9. Button operation in Setup: When Setup function is shown on the LCD display, you can press the GO button to enter into the settings selection menu. In this menu, there is a sign of “>” at lower right corner of LCD display to show you that it is a “menu mode”, pressing the Up (^) and Down (v) buttons will enable you to select specific

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setting in circular sequence . When the desired setting is shown on the LCD display, you can press the GO button to enter and there will be an asterisk (*) sign shown at lower right corner. It is the “change option mode” & users can press the Up (^) and Down (v) buttons to switch the option for that setting. After selecting the option, you can press GO button to exit that setting and return to the settings selection menu. The sign at lower right corner will be changed back to “>” as “menu mode”. If all the settings you need to change are done, you must exit the Setup function by pressing the GO button at “Save setup” to save all changes or Set button on LCD panel directly to bring you out of Setup function, those changed in settings will also be saved.

10.During operation, the LCD display will show current function at work at the upper left corner and the capacity of master at upper right corner. The counter is shown at bottom left corner and the elapse time at bottom right corner. The current running speed per minute in megabyte will be shown in digits (1, 2 etc.) in the middle of LCD’s 2nd row.

11.Operation can be terminated simply by pressing the Down (v) button when required. Try not to turn off the main power of machine during operation as it may cause unexpected damage to hard drives, except for special case such as “Hang” of machine.

12.During operation, 3 big fans built inside the machine will start to blow upward to hard drives to reduce the heat generated in operation.

13.If the optional 3-color alarm lamp is installed, during operation, the Yellow alarm will light up to represent the machine is “IN-USE” status. When there is any interruption like reading failure of master or writing error to targets, etc., the Red alarm will light up to warn users. When finished successfully without any target failure, the Green alarm will light to show operation is passed. If any failed target mixed with passed ones in the end of operation, the Red and Green alarm will light up together. In the mean time, LCD

display will show message such as “OK 14

and NG xx mean the passed and failed target respectively for the operation just finished. The number of TOK xxxxx means the total passed target for the current function. It will be reset to zero if current function is changed or reboot of machine.

NG

0

TOK 28”. The numbers of OK xx

14.Machine can be reset and restored to factory default setting by pressing & holding the Down (v) button and turn on the power of machine simultaneously. The Down (>) button can be released when message of “Clear setup” is shown on the LCD display.

15.In case of trouble during operation, please always provide “Logfile” to Wytron for evaluation. It can shorten the responding time and solution can be provided rapidly.

16.For TA-2200, user just needs to slide in the hard drive and close the door, no need to connect the SATA cable manually. When door opens, the hard drive will be ejected.

Front side of TA-2000

opens, the hard drive will be ejected. Front side of TA-2000 Orientation of hard drives on

Orientation of hard drives on TA-2000, clip installed only for 2.5” HDD or 3.5” slim HDD

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Function

Main Menu

Main Menu includes functions that are normally used by users daily. To use these functions correctly, please read the explanation listed below carefully:

Copy

This function performs duplication of master’s full capacity to target hard drives of “same size”, regardless of bus/models/brands. Due to copying whole capacity of master, it will take longer time to finish the duplication process than Quick Copy does, especially for those masters with very large capacity.

By Copy function, if capacity of target is LARGER than that of master, the target’s capacity will be shrunk to same as master’s. In this case, the target’s extra capacity may not be recognized in PC if the hard drive settings (BIOS hardware configuration) in PC is set to

“Auto”.

has entirely different parameters from that of target, in order to identify this target in PC, users have to change manually corresponding settings of the hard drive in PC’s BIOS parameter such as “head”, “cylinder”, “sector” to match those of the master.

Since the data arrangements in this target is exactly copied from the master which

Any shrunken target can be restored to original capacity by “Quick Erase” function. Please refer to the description of “Quick Erase” function in this manual.

Copy + Comp

In addition to Copy, this function performs additional full comparison between master & targets when the Copy is finished. It will take longer time to finish the operation than Copy function alone; almost double the time of Copy. Comparison is necessary for duplication that requires high reliability and accuracy.

Same as Copy function, any shrunken target hard drives can be restored to their original capacity by “Quick Erase” function since the first part of this operation is Copy function.

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This function performs full comparison between master and target hard drive. If the target is already copied successfully through Copy function and data integrity/accuracy needs to be secured, running the Compare function additionally can fulfill this requirement.

Quick Copy

This function is used to copy only the “data area” from master to target hard drives. So-called “data area” is the area with those data created/written by users but identified by machine’s BIOS itself. It is applicable to master and target hard drives with same or different capacity (it does not work if master’s capacity is larger than that of target), same or different bus/type/models/brands.

Quick Copy can copy from smaller capacity master to larger target hard drives effectively & efficiently, even the targets are mixed with different sizes/bus/type/models/brands. The less data stored in master, the less time will be taken to duplicate the data onto targets. It is most suitable for PC manufacturers to replicate the pre-installed OS to the hard drives for PC.

By Quick Copy, free space (the space except identified data area) on master will not be copied onto targets and, the free space on target hard drives (depends on data area of master, each target may be different) will be left/remained intact in original format. Therefore, if there is any confidential information kept originally in these target hard drives, there is chance that the information will be revealed by special tools. So, for those target hard drives which were used to be storage device for confidential usage such as in those PCs for Government, Military unit or secured laboratory, etc., it is not suggested to use Quick Copy function.

There are several types of Quick mode controlled by “Quick data” settings located under Setup function. Each type of Quick mode manipulates the behavior of Quick Copy function to satisfy different duplication requirement. As explained earlier, the “data area” is the area identified/defined by the machine’s BIOS. If there is OS which is rare or not common or with different partition structure that doesn’t come to Wytron’s knowledge, the machine’s BIOS may fail to judge/locate the “data area” and then duplication will be failed as well. To overcome such disadvantage, Wytron sets several Quick type to control different mode of Quick Copy function. Please refer to “Quick data” for more information.

There are more detailed explanations on OS system and partition number in relation to Quick Copy function in the section of “Concept.

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Q Copycomp

This function performs Quick Copy and Quick Compare of data area from master to target hard drives with same or different size, same or different bus/type/models/ brands. Different target hard drives can be mixed in same operation but capacity of all targets must be same or larger than that of master (please also refer to Quick Copy function). After Quick Copy is done, data area in targets will be compared immediately with those in master to ensure data integrity/accuracy.

First part of Q Copycomp operation is Quick Copy function which is also controlled by “Quick data” settings located under the Setup function. Please refer to Quick copy function and “Quick data” settings for more detailed explanation.

Second part of Q Copycomp function is same as Quick Compare (Quick comp) function. It will run data area comparison between master and target hard drives.

The less data in master, the less time will be taken to duplicate onto targets. Q Copycomp is suitable for professional PC manufacturers who require speedy duplication and data integrity/accuracy. However, Q Copycomp function will take roughly double of the time of Quick Copy as comparison (data area) is performed after Quick Copy.

Similar to Quick Copy function, if there is any confidential information kept originally in these target hard drives, there is chance that the information will be revealed by special tools. So, for those target hard drives which were used to be storage device for confidential usage, it is not suggest to use Q Copycomp function.

Quick Comp

This function performs comparison of only data area between master and those copied targets that are replicated by Quick Copy function.

Select

This function will only be shown in the Main Menu when the DD image settings under Setup is activated. This function performs several operations listed below.

1. Select File:

2. Delete File:

3. Rename File:

4. Disk Usage:

5. Disk Format:

Selection of loaded master image file stored in the Big Master.

Deletion of loaded master image file.

Rename of loaded master image file.

Show the information of hard drive in use and free capacity.

Before using the Big Master hard drive in machine, it must be preformatted by this option.

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When master has been pre-loaded into the Big Master and the filename is known, users can find it by this operation and bring it to the current selection for use.

If loaded images need to be deleted or renamed, users can also use Delete File to delete or Rename File to rename them.

Disk Usage operation is a tool to show the information of Big Master in use. There will be two information shown, one is the total capacity and the other is free space left.

The Disk Format is a tool to preformat the new installed Big Master in machine. Before using the Big Master in machine, it must be formatted by this operation. The formatted Big Master hard drive will be equipped with FAT32 TM compatible structure but without 4GB file size limitation.

Operation of Select function is easy. Switch to the Select function in Main Menu and

press GO button to enter. The LCD display will show “Detect Drives

show “File” at upper left corner and the current image filename at lower left corner. You may select the required image file by pressing the Up (^) and Down (v) button. If the

desired filename is shown, press GO button to confirm the choice.

message and then

After image filename is chosen, the LCD display will show Select File at upper left corner and the current selected image filename at lower left. If you want to choose another file, you can simply press the GO button again for confirmation and it will bring you back to Select in Main Menu. If you want to execute other operation under the Select function, please press Up (^) and Down (v) button to select or Set button to exit.

When the Delete File operation is shown on the LCD display, users can press the GO button to delete the current selected file and machine will prompt you the “Pass” message after successful deletion and will bring you back to the stage of file selection mode (File) and you may press Up (^) or Down (v) button to select another image file for deletion or for other operation.

When the Rename File is shown, users can press the GO button to enter and a blinking cursor will be placed at the first digit of filename (8+3 format such as abcdefgh.xyz). Users can change the digit by pressing the Up or Down button (range from 0~1, A~Z) and GO button to confirm the choice for each digit. The cursor will be moved to next digit when previous digit is chosen. After all digits are confirmed, the operation will go to file selection mode (File) for next file selection.

When the Disk Usage is shown, users can press the GO button to enter and then the LCD display will show the information of total and free spaces in Big Master. Press any button will bring you back to file selection mode.

When the Disk Format is shown, users can press the GO button to pre-format the hard drive connected to the machine as the Big Master. When formatting is finished (roughly few seconds is required), the LCD display will show “Pass” and bring you back to the Select function in Main Menu. If there is something wrong with the connected hard drive and cannot be pre-formatted as the Big Master, there will be “Error” message on the LCD display and bring you back to Select function in Main Menu.

Before running the Disk Format, please make sure the hard drive is new or there are no

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valuable data/files stored in it. Any image files stored in the hard drive will be erased after this operation is done and there is no way to recover them.

If there is no master image loaded previously in Big Master or a new unformatted hard drive connected, the operation of Select File, Delete File and Rename File built under the Select function will not be shown and only three operations will be shown which are Quit, Disk Usage and Disk Format. Press the GO button when the “Quit” is shown on the LCD will bring you back to Select in Main Menu.

Load

If the DD image settings under the Setup function is not activated, the Load function will not be shown in the Main Menu.

Load function preloads the entire capacity of master hard drive and stores it as a master image file in Big Master. It will work with major functions such as Copy, Copy + Compare, Compare or also for Quick Copy, Q Copycomp and Quick Compare functions.

Operation (for six functions mentioned above) from master image file in Big Master (preloaded by Load) to target hard drives is exactly the same as the operation of on-the-fly that directly from master to target hard drives.

Quick Load

If the DD image setting built under the Setup function is not activated, the Quick Load function will not be shown in the Main Menu.

Unlike the Load function to preload the whole capacity of master, Quick Load will identify the

master’s data area and preload them as the master image file in Big Master. This master

 

image file will only work for Quick Copy, Q Copycomp and Quick Compare functions but not

for Copy, Copy+Comp or Compare since only identified/partial data area was preloaded.

 

When master image file preloaded by Quick Load is chosen as the current image file in

 

machine, LCD display will show you the error message if running Copy, Copy+Comp or

Compare funciton.

 

Operation (three Quick functions mentioned above) from master image file in Big Master (preloaded by Quick Load) to target hard drives is exactly the same as the operation of on- the-fly that directly from master to target hard drives.

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This function will erase the FAT (File Allocation Table) area by specific code on target hard drives by only taking less than 30 seconds. The master hard drive will not be erased / overwritten even if connected to Master port on which is protected. Quick Erase can erase those hard drives that cannot be re-configured on PC due to mess-up of data in FAT area.

Capacity of those shrunken target hard drives (originally with larger capacity) duplicated by Copy or Copy + Comp function can be restored to their original capacity by this Quick Erase function. The FAT area of these target hard drives will be cleaned/erased as well.

Verify

This function performs verification on target hard drives no matter they are of the same or different size, same or different bus/type/models/brands. It will verify each bit of each target until that with largest capacity is verified; verification of targets with smaller capacity will finish earlier in the same run. This function will only verify if each bit of capacity is readable and cannot verify correctness of data. It is a good tool to find out whether there is bad sector in the targets or not.

Easy Erase

This function will overwrite physically to each bit of entire capacity of target hard drives by using specific code. The master will not be erased/overwritten even if connected to master port. Overwriting each bit of entire capacity of target hard drives by this function is actually same as a real sequential write test. Among the Erase functions provided on machine, Easy Erase is the simplest and quickest solution to wipe out data stored in target hard drives.

Strong Erase

This function will overwrite physically each bit of the entire capacity of target hard drives by three specific codes in three different/sequential runs to ensure that data is 100% removed. The master will not be erased/ overwritten even if connected to Master port. Overwriting each bit of entire capacity of target hard drives by this function is similar to a real sequential write test on target hard drives but it takes triple time of Easy Erase.

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DoD Erase

This function overwrites physically to each bit of entire capacity of target hard drives by three different specific codes in compliance with Federal Document of DoD 5220 in three different / sequential runs. The master will not be erased/overwritten even if connected to Master port. Overwriting each bit of entire capacity of target hard drives by this function is equal to a real sequential write test on target hard drives but it takes triple time of Easy Erase.

To run three loops of overwriting onto targets is to ensure the data stored in target hard drives will be 100% removed/cleaned and to prevent those data ever stored before from being revealed or stolen for malicious purpose, especially for those hard drives installed in PCs that were used before in Government, Military unit or data secured laboratory, etc

To secure the data, it is strongly suggested to run the DoD Erase to overwrite entirely the used hard drives that ever been installed in PCs of data secured units before using those targets for any operation or before discarded.

DoD EraComp

This function, in addition to DoD Erase, will run an extra loop of data comparison for security purpose. The master will not be erased/overwritten even if connected to Master port. Overwriting each bit of entire capacity of target hard drives by this function is actually same as a real sequential write test on target hard drives but it takes longer time than DoD Erase does as full comparison is performed additionally to make sure entire capacity in targets is 100% cleaned.

NIS Erase

This NIS Erase function will overwrite physically each bit of the entire capacity of target hard drives by three different specific codes in three different/sequential runs to ensure that data is 100% removed. The master will not be erased / overwritten even if connected to Master port. Overwriting each bit of entire capacity of target hard drives by this function is similar to a real sequential write test on target hard drives but it takes triple time of Easy Erase.

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This function performs random write, random read, sequential write, sequential compare for specific data area in target hard drives. The data written onto the target hard drives is assigned by “Data pattern” setting under Setup function. The testing area of this function will cover the first 1GB capacity of target hard drives and please note that existing data in target hard drives will be overwritten. The setting of Erase loop under Setup function will control the running loop of this Quick Test function. Compare to Full Test function, Quick Test is a short and brief test on target hard drives.

Full test (Option)

This function performs random write, random read, sequential write, sequential compare for specific data area in target hard drives. The data written onto the target hard drives is assigned by “Data pattern” setting under Setup function. The testing area of this function will cover entire capacity of target hard drives. Please note that this Full Test belongs is a destructive test and all existing data in target hard drives will be overwritten. The setting of Erase loop under Setup function will control the running loop of this Full Test function. Compare to Quick Test function, Full Test is a complete test on target hard drives whereas Quick Test is a short and brief version.

Show Drives

Show Drives function will show, on the LCD display, the information of each connected hard drive detected in the machine’s last operation. The information includes the model, brand and also the version of each detected hard drive at respective port.

Sub menu

Sub menu function will lead/bring you to the Sub Menu by pressing the GO button. Setup function in Sub Menu will be shown as the first function on the LCD display when entered. Alternative way of entering into Sub Menu is by pressing the SET button on the LCD panel.

Press the SET button at any function in the Sub Menu will bring you back to Copy function in the Main Menu.

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Sub Menu

There are several functions that are not used frequently during normal operation, in order to separate these functions from those commonly used and to avoid accidental modification, they are grouped and placed in Sub Menu as below:

Setup

There are many settings built under Setup function, to manipulate and control the behavior of operation in the machine to reach different requirement:

Quick Data

Quick Data setting controls the duplication action according to the data storing position in master hard drive.

There are many different OS in the market with different partition arrangements and combinations. We can change the setting manually to instruct/teach the machine on how to operate correctly on those precise data storing position so as to shorten the time required to analyse master and speed up operation of Quick functions involved, such as Quick Copy, Q Copycomp and Quick Comp functions.

Options in Quick Data include, Keep, Blocks and Expand. All of them can be used with the above-mentioned three Quick functions:

Keep

Keep option maintains the partition number and their sizes on the targets same as that of master during Quick Copy. Even the targets have larger capacity than master, the extra capacity will be left as free space and can be accessed for usage by other OS or can be created as new partition manually.

Blocks

Two options of “Blocks” are available for use with Quick Copy:

Scanning block method:

For those unfamiliar OS system in the market that might not come to Wytron’s knowledge, normally it is not possible for customers to use the Quick function to quick copy such OS system within short time, except to use Copy function which will take much longer time. Via Scanning block method, customers might have chance to do it. For this method, it is not necessary to make change for any setting but have to use “Fill Data” and “Scan Data” in Sub Menu to accomplish it, accompanied with “Data Pattern” setting under Setup function

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Before using this scanning Block Quick Copy function (or hereinafter call it scanning Block Copy), the maser hard drive must be handled specially by the following ways:

1. Execute “Fill Data” function to write (fill) special data pattern specified by “Data Pattern” setting to each bit of a hard drive that “will” be used as the master hard drive. If possible, it is better to fill more hard drives for preparation.

2. After finishing “Fill Data”, install the required OS system/software into this hard drive from PC/System and then the master hard drive is created.

3. Double check this master to avoid mistake and unexpected trouble. Connect master hard drive at Master1 port on machine and execute “Scan Data” function to scan the data pattern filled by “Fill Data” and thus the location of real data area (counter-data pattern) will be recorded.

4. After finishing the “Scan Data”, return to Quick Copy or Q Copycomp function to quick copy the master onto target hard drives. You will find the word at upper right corner on LCD display is changed to “Blocks” automatically.

5. Scanning block information done by “Scan Data” will not be lost even power of machine is off but will be lost if master or function changed. You will have to run the “Scan Data” again if such master is required for copy again.

Fixed block method:

After option for Quick Data is set to “Blocks”, one extra setting of “Block size MB” will be shown under the Setup function, located right after Quick Data. Users may set it to specific capacity that wish the Quick function to copy as the data range of 1/2/5/10/20/50/100/200/500/1000/2000/5000/10000 MB. When running the Quick Copy or Q Copycomp function, only the specified data capacity assigned by “Block size MB” will be copied/compared onto targets. For example, if option of 1000MB is set in “Block size MB”, then the Quick Copy function will copy only the first 1000MB and stop. This function is suitable for those hard drives that contain data only.

Expand

Expand, the factory default option for Quick Data, will expand the last partition on larger targets (compared to master) to utilize their maximum available size during Quick Copy. When the capacity of target hard drives are larger than that of master, the extra capacity of each target will be merged into the last partition of respective targets

Drive Config

Drive Config setting controls the configuration of target hard drives themselves. Four options are available: “setmax protect”, “setmax master”, “DCO master” and “None”.

setmax protect:

It is the factory default option which will make Quick copy function to copy as much data as the machine can identify from master. For known software designed by third party such as Firstware TM of Phoneix ® , it will make a special partition (HPA, Hidden Protected Area) either visible or invisible by OS which can store the recovering system data. With this option, the original capacity of target hard drives will be maintained

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under Quick operation such as Quick Copy or QCopycomp function and the format of extra capacity will be controlled by “Quick Data” setting explained in last section.

setmax master:

This option will disable the scanning of special partition in special location and machine will quick copy only the normal visible partition that regular OS will normally

create. For example, HPA in Firstware TM of Phoneix

and targets’ capacity will be made/shrunk to the same as that of master. If larger target

hard drives are connected for Quick Copy operation with this setmax master option, the targets’ capacity will be shrunk to the same capacity as that of master and users cannot recover the original capacity on targets by themselves, except by running the Quick Erase function to recover it.

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will not be copied by this option

For example, if master is 80GB and the target is 120GB, after the Quick Copy function with setmax master option, this target hard drive will become 80GB, instead of original 120GB. Other spec. of this shrunken target such as LBA mode, Transfer mode, etc., will not be altered even they are originally different from those of master. To recover the original 120GB on this shrunken target, connect it at target port on machine and run Quick Erase function.

DCO master:

This option will also disable the scanning of special partition in special location and machine will quick copy only the normal visible partition that regular OS will normally

create. For example, HPA in Firstware TM of Phoenix

setting and targets’ capacity will be made/shrunk to the same as that of master. If larger target hard drives are connected for Quick Copy operation, with this DCO master option, the targets’ capacity will be shrunk to the same capacity as that of master. And even the spec. (such as LBA mode, Transfer mode, etc.) of hard drive itself will be altered to same as those of master, if the target hard drives support the DCO feature.

will not be copied by this option

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Users cannot recover the original capacity on targets by themselves, except by running Quick Erase function. For example, if master is 80GB and the target is 120GB, after the Quick Copy function with DCO master option, this target hard drive will become 80GB, instead of original 120GB. If original transfer mode of master is UDMA66 and the target is UDMA100, the shrunken target will become UDMA66, instead of original UDMA100. To recover the original 120GB on this shrunken target and also the UDMA100 spec., connect it to target port on machine and run Quick Erase. It will bring the original 120GB capacity and UDMA100 specification back to this target.

None:

This option is similar to setmax protect option except that the scanning of special partition in special location is disabled. The machine will quick copy only the normal visible partition that regular OS will normally create. For example, if there is HPA (designed in Firstware TM of Phoenix ® ) in master, Quick Copy function with this None option will not copy the HPA partition but only copy those normal partitions created by regular OS.

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RAID support activates duplication of hard drive components by group (every two

targets) in RAID#0 or RAID#1, especially for those RAID created by Intel

installed within PC motherboard that are common in the market. When RAID support is activated, users can quick copy or copy the RAID#0 with 2 masters at same time in

one operation or RAID#1 in single master operation .

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For RAID#0 with 2 masters, users can place them at Master1 and Target2 ports and copy to respective targets (Target3 and Target4) as the first target RAID, Target5 and

Target6 will be another target RAID group and so on.

RAID#0 (total 12 pcs target hard drives) can be copied in one operation. In the meantime, duplication speed of RAID#0 will be twice that of normal one master operation. Target15 port will not be used in RAID#0 duplication.

Max. of 6 groups of target

For duplicating the RAID#1, users only need to place either master at Master1 port and can copy max. up to 7 groups of target (every 2 ports from Target2 to Target15, total

14 pcs target hard drive).

RAID#1 which is different from RAID#0 where Target3 and Target4 are first target

RAID group.

Target2 and Target3 will be the first target RAID group in

Power Control

Power control setting has four options to control power output: Normal, PSW4, PSW4 6 sec. and always on.

The standard option is Normal which uses the standard ATX power supply to control power output directly.

PSW4 power controller is not a standard device in machine. It is used specially to

supply the power to target hard drives separately in several stages. When using the PSW4 power controller, you should change the option of this setting to PSW4 accordingly. If you are not only using the PSW4 power controller but also want to

separate the power output into stages of 6 seconds interval, set to PSW4 6 sec need to have power output all the time for special purpose, change to “always on“ option.

If you

Power On Wait

This setting controls the waiting time when the GO button is pressed prior to starting of operation (real accessing from/to hard drives). The duration can be changed from 0 second to 12 minutes to stabilize the reading/writing situation. The default value is 15 seconds which means operation will only start 15 seconds after the GO button is pressed. Some hard drives may need longer warm-up period prior to starting of accessing data from them.

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Power Off Wait

This setting controls the delay time when operation is finished. In most case, Power

Off Wait time is to wait for discs in hard drives to cease rotating so as to avoid damage

or improper impact between heads and discs. The default value is 15 sec

large capacity or heavy duty hard drives (with higher power consumption & higher rotation speed) may need longer delay time until the discs’ rotation is fully stopped.

Some very

Power Cycle

This setting controls the power output cycle. For example, if this function set to 15, it means the power output from power supply to hard drives will be turned on and off repeatedly for 15 times in short interval. This action will activate the “Bypass Certify” function built-in in some new hard drives since some of them will be in certify mode for first-time usage at very slow writing speed. Different cycle setting by trial and error will be required for different brands of hard drive. The default setting is 0 and the power supply will output the power normally.

Check same model

This setting controls the duplication on same model of hard drive. Set to “Yes” will restrict the operation on same model/brand hard drives only to prevent mixing of different models of hard drive during operation. Default setting is “No” to allow duplication of different hard drives at same time.

Check same capacity

This setting controls checking capacity of connected hard drives to be exactly same as that of master. If any of the targets’ capacity is not the same as master’s, the corresponding target will fail immediately at the stage of detecting hard drives and only those targets with same capacity as master will be accepted for operation.

So-called same capacity means the real capacity such as 38952MB, not the 40GB capacity arbitrately named by makers of hard drive.

Factory default option of this setting is “NO”.

Check same LBA mode

This setting controls the detection during duplication of same LBA spec. on target hard drives with master. “Yes” option will detect target hard drives to see whether they are equipped with the same LBA spec. as master or not. If the LBA spec. are not the same, duplication will terminate as “Failed”. For example, if master is only equipped with LBA-28 spec., the targets must equip with only LBA-28 spec. and cannot possess LBA-48. Default option is “No” which will not detect the LBA spec. on target hard drives.

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Checksum mode

Checksum mode defines the type of calculated checksum used in machine during operation of Quick Copy, Q Copycomp, Quick Comp, Copy, Copy + Comp, Compare,

etc

The MD5 option provides 128 bits of long checksum calculation which will drop the performance of machine by at least 20%. Default factory option of checksum is CRC32 which can also be restored when reset of machine is executed.

Two types of checksum are provided, one is the CRC32 and the other is MD5.

DD image

DD image option controls the activation of Big Master. When being set to “Yes” option, the Select, Load and Quick Load functions will be shown in Main Menu for selection. With “No” option, these functions will be hidden in Main Menu.

Large Heads

Three options, master, 255 and 240, are available for setting of head parameters.

There are various motherboards with different BIOS characteristics. For example, When the BIOS of motherboard cannot identify the change of head 255 to 240 during Quick Copy or Q Copycomp, users will have to change this setting manually so that the targets can be recognized by the motherboards.

LBA48 support

This setting controls the support of Phoenix ® Firstware TM 3.0 on large capacity hard drives with LBA-48 command. Default is “Yes” where the duplicator is capable of copying Firstware 3.0 from master onto those target hard drives with LBA-48 command. If the Firstware version on master hard drive is below version 3.0, please set the option to “No” since versions of Firstware below 3.0 program are not compatible with the target hard drives with LBA-48 command. For example, if your master is installed with Firstware 2.0 or 2.5 (below 3.0), please change the LBA48 support function to “No”.

Data Pattern

This setting specifies the data that will be filled in by “Fill Data” function. Available patterns are “E5”, “F6”, “00”, “FF”, “C9”, “5A”, “A5”, “AA”. The selected pattern will be shown at right side of “Fill Data” for reminding purpose.

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Erase loop

This setting controls the loop of erase when running function such as “Easy Erase”, “Strong Erase”, “DoD Erase” and “DoD EraComp”. Default setting is 1 and can be added up to 10.

SMART enable

This setting controls the detection of bad sector count recorded in hard drive itself. Under “Yes” option, the duplicator will first activate the S.M.A.R.T. function on target hard drives. Secondly, it will check whether the relocation table recorded in target hard drive is 0 or not. Thirdly, it will check if the SMART status is pass or not. Any failure on these three action will render duplication failure on target hard drive. The default setting is “No” for this function.

Skip Read Error

This setting controls bypass of reading error in master hard drive during operation. Normally the master hard drive must not contain bad sectors or bad tracks. Default setting is “No”; operation of the machine will stop when there is reading error from master. But in some situations, when the master hard drive is valuable and must be kept for backup purpose, in reality, no matter how serious the damage is, the master hard drive is valuable and must be kept for backup purpose. Users can set the option to “Yes” to copy the problematic master. Corresponding error position in targets copied from master will be filled with specific code.

Test loop

Test loop setting controls the number of running loop for Quick Test or Full Test function in the machine.

Buzzer mute

Buzzer mute setting controls enable or disable of sound from buzzer. When it is ON, the pressing of button will have sound.

Transfer mode

This setting specifies the data transfer rate. There are six options which are auto, PIO 3.3M, PIO 16M, DMA 16M, UDMA 33M, UDMA 66M and UDMA100.

The default option is “auto” which will identify and adjust automatically the transfer rate according to the devices connected and detected by the machine. Some hard drives with old or inferior specifications may respond with wrong parameters. In this circumstance, adjust the option manually to lower transfer rate for these type of hard drives.

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Language

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Several languages are available in machine and users can change this setting to select your language requirement. Factory default option is “English”.

Show drives

Show drives setting can be used to display the information of each hard drive connected to the machine in last operation, such as model & version. Users can also select this function after duplication to display the information of detected hard drives.

Change Password

This setting restricts unauthorized person to use the duplicator. Once set, password is required to boot up the machine. Therefore, only those users who know the password can use the duplicator. Factory default option is “No”.

The password has 4 digits. Press the MODE button to “Yes” to activate the Change Password setting and quit by pressing the GO button. LCD display will prompt message of “New Password?” and then ask you to input the digit for “Password 1”. Users can press the Up (^) and Down (v) buttons to select the number as “Password 1” and after selection, press GO button to quit. Message of “Password 2” will be shown on the LCD display and you can select the second digit as you have done for “Password 1”. Input two more digits for Password 3 and 4 in samy way.

After completion of changing password, machine will save 4-digit password into the memory. Hereinafter, in each time of booting, machine will ask to input the current password for identification or need to change the password again.

Password can be changed again by “Yes” option to the Change Password setting but the current password must be input correctly first. If user wants to disable the password function, simply set the password to 0000 (0000 cannot be set as password).

Wrong password input during booting of machine will cause hang up of duplicator. User must restart the machine to input correct password or, Reset the machine to clear the password.

Startup Command

This setting specifies the first function available for execution after booting of machine. It will save time for operator to switch to the required function repeatedly every time after turning on the machine.

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Save setup

Save setup setting will save the changes upon each setting under Setup and bring you out of Setup function. Leaving the Setup function without going through the Save setup will lose the changes to the setting that you have modified. Press the Set button at either setting under Setup will also work for saving the changes and leaving the Setup function.

Scan Data

This function must be used with Block setting in “Quick data”.

It performs scanning & keeping of the specific data that assigned by “Data Pattern” in the master hard drive.

For scanning data, the master hard drive that needs to be scaned should be placed in any one of the target slots and just only one hard drive should be connected.

When finishing scanning, go to Quick Copy or Q CopyComp function to start duplication. The location information of the specific data area stored in the machine’s memory will disappear if the machine is switched off. Operator will have to run the Scan Data function again if the Block Quick Copy is required again.

Fill Data

This function performs the specific data filling operation to each bit in the hard drives that is intended to be used as master hard drives.The specific data is assigned by “Data Pattern” setting under Setup function.

Burn in

This function performs a burn-in copy operation to test the motherboard of the duplicator. It is used in the factory before shipment, not for end users.

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Update

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Update function performs the BIOS upgrade procedure on machine. Users can contact Wytron by email at wytron@wytron.com.tw as & when required to obtain new release of firmware. When requesting for new firmware, please provide Model No., Serial No. & BIOS version of machine.

Firstly, the BIOS program will have to be unzipped into xxxxxxx.bin file. Then, you can use the method below to upgrade the BIOS version on machine:

Through hard drive:

Connect a hard drive onto PC and create a small partition with FAT12/16/32 structure, say 50MB, on it and make it the primary partition. Format this partition and store the xxxxxxx.bin file in the root directory. Connect the hard drive to the master port of machine and select Update function. Press GO button and the machine will detect the BIOS program from the master hard drive and perform upgrade automatically. Machine will reboot itself when completion of upgrade process. Do not turn off the machine during updating process or you will need to change the BIOS chipset manually to save your machine.

Main menu

Main menu function will lead/bring you to the Main Menu by pressing the GO button. Copy function in Main Menu will be shown as the first function on the LCD display when entering the Main Menu. Alternative way of entering into Main Menu is by pressing the Set button on the LCD panel. Press the GO button at any function in the Sub Menu will bring you back to Copy function in the Main Menu.

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Reset

Machine can be reset to the factory default option by pressing & holding the Down (v) button and turn on the power of machine simultaneously. The Down (>) button can be released when the message of “Clear setup” is shown on the LCD display.

Big Master

When using the Big Master feature, users must first activate the setting of DD image under the Setup function to bring up those hidden functions such as Select, Load and Quick Load which are only used for Big Master feature.

After activating the DD image, one hard drive must be used as Big Master to store preloaded master images. This hard drive must be initialized / formatted by using the Disk Format operation built under the Select function. The whole steps of using Big Master are listed below:

1. Activate the DD image setting beneath the Setup function to Yes.

2. Connect a new hard drive with very large capacity to Master1 port on machine.

3. Run the Disk Format operation beneath the Select function to setup the Big Master.

4. Switch the function to Load or Quick Load function first. Then put master hard drive that intended for preloading at any target port on machine and press the GO button to proceed the preloading (Please refer to Load and Quick Load to choose appropriate loading function.). If there are different master hard drives connected at other target ports, the master at first target port connected with hard drive (smaller target number, e.g., Target2) will be used for preloading and all other masters will be idle during preloading from Target2 master.

To preload master hard drive into Big Master, it is strongly suggested to switch to Load

or Quick Load function first and then connect required master hard drives at target

 

ports. This can avoid the accident of switching to functions other than Load and Quick

Load – pressing the GO button will overwrite all the master hard drives connected to

 

target ports. This will be a disaster as all masters will be overwritten by current master

image in Big Master.

 

5. After preloading, original master at target port can be removed. The master image preloaded just now will be the current image file in the machine and is ready for operation. You can switch to Quick Copy or other functions and connect target hard drives at target ports for operation. If there are already many master images stored in Big Master and the current master image file in machine is not the last one you just preloaded, please enter the Select function to choose the image file required.

6. Please note that the filename of master image currently set in machine will be shown at lower left corner when any function that needs to have master is selected such as Quick Copy, Q Copycomp, Quick Comp, etc.

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Operation of machine can be monitored by any communication program on PC through PC’s COM port with linkage to the built-in RS-232 port on TA-2000.

The linkage can be done through the RS-232 cable shipped with TA-2000. Before making the linkage, switch off both the power of the TA-2000 and PC. Connect one end of the cable to the COM port on duplicator and the other to the COM1 or COM2 port on PC. The monitoring software used on PC can be any communication program or the Super Terminal program built-in in Microsoft ® Windows system.

Open the Super Terminal program in Microsoft ® Windows XP, there will be a window pop-up to ask you to create a new linkage by specifying a name, say LOG for example. When the name is input, another window will pop-up again asking for Country, Phone & Communicating port, etc. Change the setting of communicating port to the correct port that connects to the duplicator (COM1 or COM2 port). Press Yes when the setting is finished. There will be another window pop-up to configure the communication parameters: use 9,600 baud rate as the transfer rate, 8 for data length, None for parity check, 1 stop bit and none for flow control. With these settings, you should receive the message shown on the Terminal window through the RS-232 connection form the duplicator in operation.

Also you can store all the information into a text file. Click the “Transfer” above the Terminal window and select the “Capture text” function (Be noted that it is not the ******.HT extension format). Name the text file and confirm by Yes. Please always send this text file to us by e- mail for quick evaluation of the problem occurred in duplication.

Step 1: Run the program of “Hyper Terminal” in Windows 2000/XP or “Terminal” in Windows

98/ME.

in duplication. Step 1: Run the program of “Hyper Terminal” in Windows 2000/XP or “Terminal” in

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Step 2: Name the profile for connection in pop-up Connection Description window. Hereinafter, the profle name will be stored in the directory of “HyerTerminal” and can be used directly/repeatedly.:

of “HyerTerminal” and can be used directly/repeatedly.: Step 3: Change the port option of “Connect using”

Step 3: Change the port option of “Connect using” according to the real port you use on PC to connect with duplicator. HyperTerminal will not receive any output message from duplicator if with wrong setting.

to connect with duplicator. HyperTerminal will not receive any output message from duplicator if with wrong

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Step 4: Set the Port setting as baud-rate 9600 for Bits per second, 8 for Data bits, None for Parity, 1 for Stop bit and None (or Hardware) for Flow control and then press OK.

and None (or Hardware) for Flow control and then press OK. Step 5: Though you may

Step 5:

Though you may see the message directly in HyperTerminal, its buffer is small and the captured message might be gone if you don’t capture/store it into the logfile. So, capturing the message into logfile is always suggested and please set the capturing by selecting the Transfer function in the function menu and then the “Capture Text” in the pull-down bar.

by selecting the Transfer function in the function menu and t hen the “Capture Text” in

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Step 6: Name the logfile and/or assign the location to store the captured logfile by pressing the Browse button. When all set, press Start button in pop-up windows of “Captured Text” to start the capturing.

the Browse button. When all set, press St art button in pop-up windows of “Captured Text”
the Browse button. When all set, press St art button in pop-up windows of “Captured Text”

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Step 7: Turn on the power of duplicator and the messages such as model number, BIOS version, etc., will be shown in the HyperTerminal. Many customers turn on the power before setting the capturing of logfile, this will cause the captured message incompleted, missing valuable information such as BIOS version, model number, etc.

information such as BIOS version, model number, etc. Step 8: Arrange correctly the necessary physical connection

Step 8: Arrange correctly the necessary physical connection of master and target hard drives on duplicator and then press GO button to start the operation. While the operation is started, detailed operation message will be output to the HyperTerminal.

to start the operation. While the operation is started, detailed operation message will be output to

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Step 9: After finishing the operation, you may end the capturing of logfile by pressing the “Transfer” function in function menu and then the “Capture Text” in the pull-down bar to Stop the capturing. Captured logfile will be stored in the specified location you assigned in Step 5 and you may use the WordPad, one of the bundled software in Windows XP, to view logfile correctly (Notepad in Windows XP is not compatible to view the logfile). Be noted, in the middle of a long, normal operation, duplicator may not output signal to HyperTerminal and if the PC enters the sleeping mode during the catpuring, the output message might be lost since the connection is interrupted.

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enters the sleeping mode during the catpuring, the output message might be lost since the connection

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Drawing of motherboard

For TA-2000

Technology Co., Ltd. Drawing of motherboard For TA-2000 J6: Master#1, J8: Target#2, J10: Target#3,

J6:

Master#1,

J8:

Target#2,

J10:

Target#3,

J12:

Target#4

J13:

Target#5,

J14: Target#6,

J15:

Target#7,

J16:

Target#8

J11:

Target#9,

J9:

Target#10,

J7:

Target#11,

J5:

Target#12

J3:

Target#13,

J2:

Target#14,

J4:

Target#15

JP2:

LCD display

JP3:

Power trigger

JP4: COM

JP5:

BIOS-UP

JP8:

LED display

J1:

Power connector

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Optional & Consumptive Parts

1. Alarm lamp:

3-color alarm lamp to give operator ostentatious indications of operation status.

2. SATA3 adapter:

The adapter to copy IDE hard drive on TA-2000.

3. SATA cable:

SATA data/power cable used for TA-2000.

4. SATA cable for SATA3:

SATA data/power cable used for SATA3 adapter on TA-2000.

5. Power cable for SATA3:

Y-type power cable with 3.5” and 2.5” power connector.

6. UltraATA cable for 3.5” IDE hard drive used for SATA3:

10 cm UltraATA data cable for 3.5” IDE hard drive used for SATA3.

7. Small UltraATA cable for 2.5” IDE hard drive used for SATA3:

5 cm UltraATA data cable for 2.5” IDE hard drive used for SATA3.

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When asking for technical support from Wytron, please provide the Log File (refer to funciton of “Monitoring from PC”) which can reveal important information during operation. If the logfile is not available, please reply all the questions below:

1.

Master HDD’s capacity, type, brand and model number?

2.

Target HDD’s capacity, type, brand and model number?

3.

Version of Window, or other software contained in master hard drive (Mixed OS?)?

4.

Partition number in master HDD?

5.

Data size stored in master HDD?

6.

Any special arrangement in the master?

7.

Function used on HDD duplicator?

8.

Message shown on LCD display when machine hangs up?

9.

Elapse time?

10.

Model of duplicator used and its BIOS version?

11.

Error situation?

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